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Liam o'neill outlined a plan to fund Antrim, Carlow, Laois and Westmeath

Liam o'neill outlined a plan to fund Antrim, Carlow, Laois and Westmeath

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Liam o'neill outlined a plan to fund Antrim, Carlow, Laois and Westmeath

The chairman of the Kildare Hurling Board has expressed his disappointment at the exclusion of his county and others of equivalent status to them from the bulk of the €1m that is being set aside for hurling development over the next five years,

At GAA Congress last weekend, president Liam O'Neill outlined a plan to fund Antrim, Carlow, Laois and Westmeath to the tune of €900,000 between them over the next five years. Some €225,000 will go to the counties for development projects over the period with €100,000 set aside for other hurling projects.

The four counties all contest the Liam MacCarthy which was the line the GAA drew for the weight of the funding which can be drawn down to meet the costs of specific plans in each county.

However, Kildare's Eddie Lawler believes this is not going down well in other counties that he says are not far off the standards of those included.

"To look at just four counties like that, and good luck to those counties, the GAA weren't looking at the bigger picture," said Lawler.

"It is a lot of money. It is an awful struggle (for hurling) in a lot of counties like ourselves where football is the stronger code. It is hard to raise money in a county where the profile for hurling is so low. You are always fighting a rearguard action.

"Any extra funds would be a huge help. They didn't really think this through. They weren't looking at the bigger picture.

"Kildare, Meath, Derry, Wicklow, a few extra bob wouldn't go astray there," he said. "But most of the people who go to these meetings representing these counties are football orientated."

Lawler pointed out that Kildare had 17 hurling clubs of which nine were senior.

Irish Independent